John W. Stormont Conference on South Texas

John W. Stormont Conference on South Texas 

"Prison and Punishment - The Texas Prison System"

For more information view the conference brochure

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Opening Reception  |  6 p.m.
Museum of the Coastal Bend

Friday, October 2, 2015

VC Student Center, Rooms A-D  |  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.   

Charles Spurlin Memorial Keynote   
8 a.m.  |  Juan Melendez & Delia Perez
“The Death Penalty at What Cost? Stories of
Innocence and Exoneration on America’s Death Row”

Guest Speakers   
9 a.m.  |  Amin Alehashem
“The Costs of Incarceration”

9:30 a.m.  |  Morgan Craven
“The School to Prison Pipeline in Texas”

10 a.m.  |  Caroline Gnagy
“Pardon Me if I’m Sentimental:  Radio and Texas Prison Bands in the New Deal Era”

10:30 a.m.  |  Raymond Hill
“The Prison Show: Using Radio to Create Positive Community in a Prison Environment”

11 a.m.  |  Diana Claitor
“The Treatment of Women in Texas County Jails”

11:30 a.m.  |  Kent McKeever
“40 Days in Orange: A Lenten Journey in the Uniform of the Imprisoned”

Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Lunch Break

1 p.m.  |  Nacona Nix
“For-Profit Penitentiaries: The Past, Present, and Future of Prison Privatization in Texas”

1:30 p.m.  |  Corena White
“Citizen: Felonies, Voting, and Skin in the Game”

2 p.m.  |  Rev. Carroll Pickett
Screening of At the Death House Door

Background of the Lecture Series

The John W. Stormont Lecture Series on South Texas began as a two-day lecture series held annually in February and sponsored by the Victoria College Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and funded in part by the College, the Kathryn Stoner O'Connor Endowment and the John W. Stormont Endowment. The lecture series began on February 4, 1978, as the Social Sciences Symposium. The conference gave students, faculty, and the community an opportunity to hear presentations on social sciences.Due to an endowment received from the family of Kathryn Stoner O'Connor, a Distinguished Texas History lecture was added to the symposium and is named in Mrs. O'Connor's honor. Dr. Archie McDonald was the first Kathryn Stoner O'Connor Distinguished Texas History lecturer. Publication of symposium presentations began in 1986 with Dr. McDonald's paper in Victoria College's journal, Victoria College Social Sciences Symposium. The symposium changed names and direction in 1990 and became the Conference on South Texas Studies, and the topics remain concentrated on South Texas. The title of the journal which includes the papers presented at the Conference was also changed to South Texas Studies. With the additional funding by the John W. Stormont family in 1995, the conference name was changed to honor Dr. Stormont, a former dean at Victoria College. Beginning with this years’ conference, the Stormont changed format to a conference setting, where presenters speak 20 minutes on a selected conference topic.

Call for Papers 2015

The topic for the 2015 conference is Prison and Punishment--Texas Prison Systems.  CVs and 500 word abstracts must be received by July 1, 2015.

pdfStormont Conference Call for Papers

For more information on The John W. Stormont Conference on South Texas, contact Sandra Drozd at (361) 582-2530 or  

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